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After a decade of intensifying regulatory and competitive pressure, the telecom industry have begun a fight back. While regulators have achieved lower tariffs for customers on mobile, telecom companies have suffered financially. Softening profitability in recent years has deterred these same companies from investing. EU President-elect Juncker wants more investment in telecom to better compete with US industry. Telecom companies want the regulators to loosen their grip. The result, much more consolidation.
Join Lex live on Wednesday 29 October midday (UK time) to discuss the pros and cons of the trend towards consolidation.
Facebook has been on a tear this year. First half results were strong, and its share price is up 50 per cent since the beginning of the year. But can the social-network-turned-ad-company keep it up? Facebook has warned that revenue growth will be slower in the second half of this year. On this Lex live note we will parse the results and bring you real time commentary on the earnings call. Join the discussion from 4:30pm (Eastern daylight time).
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With McDonald’s and Chipotle’s fortunes literally diverging (and their earnings announcements occurring within hours of each other last week) cue the quarterly cries that McDonald’s mistakenly divested the burrito dynamo.
McDonald's sale of Chipotle might be one of the worst business decisions ever made http://t.co/OXhd7wWsWQ